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Water Usage by Food Source

According to Dana Hunnes, a clinical dietician at UCLA Sustainability, a plant based diet can reduce water consumption by up to 50% (Hornberger, 2020). It takes a lot of water to produce meat, especially beef, which has the highest water footprint of all foods. Water use primarily comes from growing feed crops, raising the animals, and waste treatment. The water footprint of any animal-based food is greater than the water needed to grow most plant-based foods with similar nutritional values.

Source : Mekonnen and Hoekstra (2010)

Take a look at the above chart to see how much water your favorite foods need in order to be created. Notice how fruits & vegetables - even combined, have a significantly less water impact than its other counterparts.

Click the following link to see how much water is needed to produce your favorite foods :

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